News from NOCTI (December 2021)

12.13.2021 | News, Newsletters

Fall 2021 was a busy time for NOCTI. New partnerships and projects were launched, and we focused on ways in which we can continue our support of Career and Technical Education (CTE) students and educators. Three of our new initiatives are highlighted below. Keep up with NOCTI by reading our blog posts and signing up to receive NOCTI news.

Digital Study Guides

NOCTI’s digital study guides are associated with its 100-plus credentials across the 16 career clusters. Accessible 24/7 from any device, teachers are provided with an accompanying teacher guide any time student guides are ordered. At only $4.00 per student, this resource assists with not only preparing for a NOCTI assessment, but also with helping students track their learning over the course of their program. Key features include a standards and competencies study checklist, sample questions, and additional resource links. When used with students who pre-test, students can review the pre-test score report and make notes on the corresponding areas in which they felt confident in their knowledge and those where improvement may be needed.

Enhancements are in process for digital study guides, and include the following:

  • Improved navigation
  • Additional fields for student input
  • Printable student summary report
  • Enhanced teacher reports to view student-entered data

NOCTI Sessions at VISION 2021

NOCTI was excited to attend the ACTE VISION 2021 conference in New Orleans. While most of our sessions were in person or virtually delivered, there were two pre-recorded sessions we’d like to share.

Additive Manufacturing: Transforming the Future Workforce (with America Makes)
The field of additive manufacturing is shaping the industry of tomorrow. This session focused on innovative projects underway at America Makes, including a collaboration with NOCTI to offer a credential for 3D printing. Building the pipeline of skilled individuals for this fast-growing field is more important than ever. Find out how you can get your program involved in this national initiative focused on the fundamentals of 3D printing. View the session!

Professional Certifications for CTE Personnel (with ACTE)
Quality programs have two components: 1) quality teachers and 2) quality curriculum. Maintaining these two aspects is a joint responsibility of CTE teachers and administrators, but how can you assure quality? Through their work with ACTE, the quality framework, and many other resources NOCTI is delivering a national competency credential for CTE teachers and administrators. The credential offers two levels, depending on one’s experience level and can be used as a hiring tool, an assurance of competence, a cross-state verification of knowledge, or a certification requirement. Find out how you can get your program involved and learn more about the benefits of this national initiative! View this session!

More Micro-Credential Titles Released

NOCTI released its micro-credentials earlier this fall which offers a new learning resource for the NOCTI community and beyond. Based on nationally validated, industry-based standards and competencies, the content is assembled by CTE teachers with vetted industry experience. The titles below were released in the past few weeks, with more to come.

  • Understanding Plant Taxonomy
  • Promoting Workplace Safety
  • Childcare Infection Control
  • Commonly Welded Materials
  • Blueprint Reading (Welding)
  • Childcare Illness Prevention
  • Ambulating Aids
  • Light Therapy Treatments
  • Basic Power Tools

View all titles at and take a minute to watch our micro-credential webinar!

JROTC Employability & Leadership Skills Credential

NOCTI has collaborated with the various branches of the military to create a new credential exclusively for JROTC programs. This new credential is focused on the core JROTC employability and leadership skills that are foundational to all military branches:

  • Team Collaboration
  • Ethics, Integrity, & Respect
  • Management, Mentorship, & Performance Review
  • Government, Civic Duty, & Citizenship
  • Interpersonal Skills/Communication
  • Decision Making, Critical Thinking, & Planning
  • Leadership
  • Career & Self Discovery

If your school has a JROTC program, we encourage you to explore this new credential! Check out the blueprint!

Essentials of Additive Manufacturing Credential

NOCTI and America Makes have collaborated to develop an Essentials of Additive Manufacturing credentialing assessment. Part of the validation process for an assessment is to pilot the assessment with a representative population of demographically diverse test takers.

Pilot testing mirrors an actual test administration, including a proctored environment. Pilot testing data assists with diagnosing potential issues with item difficulty and clarity, completeness, and assessing the appropriateness of the content representation. Your participation in this important process is appreciated. There is no cost to your site to pilot test. View the pilot benefits and incentives and review more detailed content on the blueprint.